Edsel (band)

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Left to right: Sanoff and Habibion in 1995
Background information
Origin Washington, DC
Genres Indie rock, Post-hardcore
Years active 1988–1997, 2012–present
Labels DeSoto Records, Simple Machines, Merkin, Grass Records, Jade Tree, Relativity Records, Thick Records, Radiopaque, Comedy Minus One
Associated acts Obits, Fort Knox Five, Chisel, Girls Against Boys, Margo, Scarce, Thunderball, Piper Cub, New Wet Kojak
Website Official Website
Members Sohrab Habibion
Steve Raskin
Geoff Sanoff
Alexis Fleisig
Past members Steven Albert
John Dugan
Eli Janney
Nick Pellicciotto
Steve Ward

Edsel was an indie rock/post-hardcore band from Washington, DC. The band originally broke up in 1997, having released four full-length albums, numerous 7" singles and an EP.[1]

The group reformed in October 2012 for two shows in New York City to celebrate the remastered reissue of their 1995 album, Techniques Of Speed Hypnosis. They have since been included in a Descendents covers compilation by Filter Magazine and will be playing at SXSW in Austin, TX in March.

The band was formed in 1988 by Sohrab Habibion (guitar and vocals, currently a member of Obits), Steve Ward (bass), and Nick Pellicciotto (drums). Over the years, the group's members would include Geoff Sanoff (bass, currently an independent sound engineer and producer), Steve Raskin (guitar, currently in the band/collectives Thunderball and Fort Knox Five), Eli Janney (keyboards), and John Dugan (drums, formerly of Chisel).

Edsel's first single, "My Manacles," was the first release on the DeSoto Records label.

The label Comedy Minus One reissued remastered digital editions of Edsel's "The Everlasting Belt Co." and "Detroit Folly" in September 2011[2] with "Techniques of Speed Hypnosis" following in October 2012.[3]

In 2015 Habibion joined SAVAK. Their debut album "Best of Luck in Future Endeavors" was engineered by fellow Edsel alum Geoff Sanoff.[4]


Former members[edit]


Albums and EPs[edit]

  • Strange Loop (1992; Merkin)[5]
  • The Everlasting Belt Co. (1993; Grass)[6]
  • Detroit Folly (1994; Grass)
  • Techniques Of Speed Hypnosis (1995; Relativity)[7][8]
  • Extended Play (1997; Radiopaque/Dischord)


  • "My Manacles" b/w "Wooden Floors" (1989; DeSoto)
  • "Coil-Re-Coil" b/w "Cats Paw" (1992; Merkin)
  • "Buckle" b/w "Stane" (1993; Grass)
  • "Penaluna" split 7" w/Jawbox (1993; DeSoto)[9]
  • "Switch The Codes" b/w "Draw Down The Moon" (1994; Grass)
  • "No. 5 Recitative" b/w "Laugh Him To Scorn" (1995; Jade Tree)
  • "Perched Like A Parasite" b/w "Bela's Corvair" 7" Picture Disc (1996; Thick)


  • "Feeder" on Wedge (1990; Simple Machines)
  • "Feeder" on Simple Machines: 1990-1993 (1993; Simple Machines)
  • "Derelict Fancy" on Echos From The Nation's Capital : A Washington, D.C. Compilation (1993; Third World Underground)
  • "Fortune Of Space" on Anon (1993; Castle von Buhler)
  • "Flywheel" on WGNS: Gots No Station Compilation Volume 2 (1994; WGNS)
  • "You Got Lucky" on You Got Lucky: A Tribute To Tom Petty (1994; Scotti Bros.)
  • "Penaluna" and "Whistle Down" on Pulled From The Wreckage: A Grass Records Sampler (1994; Grass)
  • "Plastic Passion" on Give Me The Cure: A Tribute To The Cure (1995; Radiopaque/Corduroy)[10]
  • "Suits Me Fine" on Vehicle (1995; Shute)
  • "Glazed By The Cold Front" on CD 19 (1996; Huh)
  • "Under A Hard Ride" on Indie-Rock Flea Market (1997; Flip)
  • "No. 5 Recitative" and "Laugh Him To Scorn" on First Five Years (2000; Jade Tree)


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